ProTran Test At Snetterton – April 12
Paul Cope and his team were at a gusty Snetterton yesterday, and apart from one ‘issue’ with the charging system on the ProTran RS/06H, the LMP1 hybrid ran very well (with Cope and Kevin McGarrity both driving).

“The engine installation worked superbly,” comments Paul Cope, “and the AER engine feels staggeringly quick. Kevin McGarrity (in his CITGO overalls, right) reckoned that it has got more power than anything he’s driven before – and having never used a paddle shift until yesterday, I was amazed how quickly you can go up and down through the gears.”

The charging problem is related to the fact that the team is having to run the alternator off a driveshaft – other AER V8s run theirs from the gearbox, but this car’s arrangement doesn’t allow for that.

“We’re going back to work on that now,” says Paul Cope, “and we’ll be out testing three times before Spa – at Silverstone, Donington Park and Snetterton again.

”We haven’t worked on the set-up at all yet.”

Paul Cope is wearing the red and white helmet, Kevin McGarrity the multi-coloured one - in Mike Hoyer's photographs.

Round 2 of the Le Mans Series is set for May 14, at Spa-Francorchamps.

Also running at Snetterton yesterday was the groupBIO Lola diesel (last photograph).

 

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